The Farm Viability Program seeks to improve the economic viability and environmental integrity of participating farms through the development and implementation of farm viability plans. The Program offers farmers environmental, technical and business planning assistance to expand, upgrade and modernize their existing operations. Capital for the implementation of the improvements recommended in the viability plan is available in exchange for an agricultural covenant on the farm property for a fixed term of five or ten years.
The Department of Agricultural Resources expects to announce an open application period for the Farm Viability Enhancement Program by early April 2014 and applications will be due by late June 2014. RFRs (Request for Responses) and the policy information they contain do change from year to year. If you would like to see a copy of the last Farm Viability Program application visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/about/divisions/fvep.html. This application is posted for informational purposes only and will not be accepted if submitted.